As part of a new Center for Social Concerns seminar, students will travel to Honduras this spring break to learn about health care options for Honduran people and interact with physicians and public health personnel, senior Michael Daly, a seminar student leader, said. The course, titled Global Health Seminar, is a collaboration of the Center and Saint Mary’s College. The seminar is located near Tegucigalpa at the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Holy Family Surgery Center, where volunteer surgeons provide free surgeries to poverty-stricken patients. Daly, a senior, said students will gain valuable medical experience in preoperative and postoperative care as well as sterilization of surgical equipment. “Students are able to ‘scrub in’ on surgeries, allowing the students to stand next to the operating table and receive a closer look into the surgical procedures,” he said. Sophomore Tiffany Fan said she excited for the hands-on nature of the seminar. “I am extremely excited to interact with doctors and patients and be able to learn more about the intricacies of global health, all within the context of service,” she said. The surgery center is located on the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage Ranch, home to hundreds of Honduran orphans. Daly, whose family established the surgery center, said students stay at the ranch and have the opportunity to share meals with the children, tutor and play with them. Six Saint Mary’s nursing students will go to work at the surgery center in partnership with the six Notre Dame students who will attend each year, Daly said. “The nurses are integral in the operation of the surgery center,” he said. Members of the Notre Dame organization Friends of the Orphans (FOTO) have already participated in several trips to the surgery center. Their annual trip has been repurposed into the Global Health Seminar. “I have always envisioned a curriculum to complement the service learning trips to the NPH orphanages in order to provide students with appropriate reflection about the experiences and opportunities to integrate their daily life through academics with service,” Daly said. Senior FOTO member Sam Russ said he is looking forward to his second trip to Honduras. “There are so many compassionate medical professionals that go down to help the poor of Honduras,” he said. “[Their example] has framed the way I see my future career as a doctor.” Students will also participate in the religious tradition of the Honduran people. “It is really cool to see their prayer in community and how excited they are to involve us,” senior Caitlin Nichols said. Prior to departure, students will attend seminar classes to discuss various health issues. Senior Brittany Johnson, a seminar student leader, said the classes emphasize problems transcending national borders. Students will examine the role of international health agencies as well as the role of the Church in global health care, she said. Daly said the seminar is rewarding spiritually and academically. “The seminar brings the course information to life; you are able to put a face on poverty and see the impact one person can have on another through the power of God,” he said. Johnson said she appreciates the unifying experience of the trip. “My favorite part about working at the surgery center is witnessing medicine in its purest form,” she said. “The entire health care team has one mission: to heal the patient. There are no financial or hierarchical goals. There are no egos. It’s beautiful.”
Notre Dame law professor Douglass Cassel, an international human rights law scholar, won a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in the spring semester of 2016 on Mexican courts’ enforcement of Inter-American human rights law.Among his credentials, Cassel served as Legal Advisor to the United Nations Commission on the Truth for El Salvador, was an award-winning commentator on human rights and represented victims of human rights violations in Colombia, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela.Cassel’s research in Mexico is for one of the Fulbright Programs for the social sciences, he said. He competed not only against other legal scholars, but also against anyone else involved in the social sciences.“The research is on the enforcement of Inter-American human rights law, and it’s really important in the field of international human rights law,” Cassel said.Cassel said a new doctrine implemented in Mexico not only tells national courts to enforce international human rights, but also tells them how they should do it.“It’s a radical departure. … It’s going to be fascinating how the courts react to it,” Cassel said. “The purpose of my research is [to see] how the doctrine is working in practice.”According to a Notre Dame press release, “The Inter-American Court of Human Rights provides a forum where citizens can sue their own states for violations of the American Convention on Human Rights. Because the Court has limited capacity, it recently developed the innovative but controversial doctrine of ‘control of conventionality’ that, in effect, deputizes the far more numerous national courts to enforce the Convention.”Cassel said in the press release his proposal outlined a 6-month stay in Mexico, “the country where efforts to carry out the new ‘control of conventionality’ doctrine are most advanced,” to focus on the policy and examine how it is being carried out by Mexican judges.“Can it actually work?” Cassel said in the press release. “If so, how? Do national court judges know about it? In practice, do they resist or embrace it? Without training in international human rights law, how can they get its application right? How expansively do they interpret their own jurisdiction, under national law, to become international human rights enforcers?”Cassel teaches regional as well as international human rights law at Notre Dame, and this year, one of his students is writing a thesis on this doctrine.“I will be reading his entire doctoral thesis, which is going to be the most complete and up-to-date scholarly reading on the subject,” Cassel said. “So I’ll have plenty of advanced academic research before I go.”During his time in Mexico, Cassel will stay at the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Cassel’s host scholar there is one of the university’s senior researchers as well as a former judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.“It’s the right institute in the right country at the right time to study a novel doctrine that will have potential implications not only for Latin American but also for countries across the world,” Cassel said.Cassel said the application deadline was back in August 2014, and the entire application process went through three stages.“I got a notification in early November that I made the first cut, did a Skype interview with a group of decision-makers in Mexico City, and then I finally got the notice a week or two ago,” Cassel said.There were only four recipients of this particular fellowship, and Cassel said the competition was especially strong this year. He said the competition included a variety of political scientists, sociologists, psychologists and more, so he was thrilled when he received the news he was awarded the fellowship.“It’s very gratifying for any serious academic to be given a grant that enables you to devote an entire semester to research and scholarship,” Cassel said. “I love teaching, but this frees me up for a semester to really dig in on the scene at the leading edge of a new doctrine in international law.”Tags: Doglass Cassel, human rights, Law, Notre Dame Law
The cast is set for Transport Group’s off-Broadway revival of John Van Druten’s I Remember Mama. Joining previously announced stage vet Barbara Andres will be Oscar and Tony nominee Barbara Barrie, Alice Cannon, Lynn Cohen, Rita Gardner, Heather MacRae, Marni Nixon, Letty Serra, Dale Soules and Phyllis Somerville. Directed by Jack Cummings, I Remember Mama will begin previews on March 16 at the Gym at Judson. Opening night is set for March 30. Based on Kathryn Forbes’ novel Mama’s Bank Account, I Remember Mama centers on a Norwegian immigrant family, settling into 1910s San Francisco and held together by its indomitable Mama. The new reinterpretation of the play explores how even the smallest and seemingly insignificant experiences of family life can silently accumulate to take our breath away. The 10 veteran actresses will play 23 different roles in the show. View Comments The original production of I Remember Mama opened at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre in October 1944, starring Mady Christians, Oscar Homolka, Joan Tetzel and Marlon Brando, in his Broadway debut. After its successful run, the play was adapted for film, into a TV series, and to the stage again as a 1979 Broadway musical with a book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Martin Charnin and Raymond Jessel and music by Richard Rodgers in his final original Broadway production.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Goldwind Australia’s 530MW Stockyard Hill wind farm has begun sending power to the grid, after the first of what will be a total of 149 wind turbines was connected to the Victorian transmission network on Tuesday.The milestone event marked the start of the massive project’s commissioning process, which once complete will make it Australia’s largest wind farm, taking the mantle from the 453MW Coopers Gap project in Queensland.So far, a total of 90 Goldwind 3S turbines have been installed at the site in Western Victoria. Goldwind said the first of the project’s three substations had been energised, enabling the first turbine to be commissioned and deliver electricity into the national electricity market. The remaining two substations are expected to be fully commissioned and energised in June.The milestone is the latest for a project that in 2017 stunned the clean energy industry by setting what was a new benchmark for renewables off-take deals in Australia, after Origin Energy signed a long-term power purchase agreement of below $55/MWh, including the renewable energy certificates. Ultimately it will generate enough renewable electricity to power 425,000 homes.The Australian Wind Alliance said in a statement said that the huge project would drive economic activity in Victoria’s Grampians region for the next 25 years, providing jobs, lease payments to farmers and $300,000 a year through a local community fund.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Australia’s biggest wind farm starts sending power to the grid First electricity from 530MW Stockyard Hill wind farm begins flowing into Australian grid
October 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Lawyers in Blogland Law blogs are exploding and Florida lawyers are in on the action Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Armed with a Dummies book on html, a software program called “Blogger,” and plenty of curiosity, St. Petersburg lawyer Matt Conigliaro set out to write the code for a legal blog he could call his own.For two months in the spring of 2003, on weekends and in the middle of the night, he hunched over his computer fine-tuning Abstract Appeal, billing it as “the first Web log devoted to Florida law and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.” Then he set it free into the blogosphere.Little did he realize that because of his blog, he would be quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and CourtTV.com during the raging controversy of the Terri Schiavo end-of-life case.A misinformed radio talk show host provoked Conigliaro to set the record straight. Immediately. Even though he was in the middle of a trial, Conigliaro worked overnight to create a detailed info page on the Schiavo case, posting court decisions and discussing the history of the law.At its peak, abstractappeal.com received 60,000 hits a day from around the world. And Conigliaro was being touted in the Progressive Blog Alliance HQ, Online Journalism Review, and the St. Petersburg Times as providing a refreshing breeze of factual information without taking sides during the political maelstrom.These days, on an average day, abstractappeal.com gets around 600 hits, from both lawyers and nonlawyers. So far, guests to his blog number more than 751,000 and the total hits has exceeded a million.This 35-year-old lawyer, who started fooling around with computers when he was 9, sees his legal blog — or blawg — as a natural extension of his work as a board certified appellate practice lawyer at Carlton Fields.“The stuff I put on my Web site is exactly the stuff my co-workers and I talk about,” he said. “The only difference is I can talk about it in a way that more can know about it. It’s a rolling commentary about what goes on in our appellate system. For me, it becomes a form of note-taking. I’m a much better lawyer for doing this. I force myself to read every case that comes out and think about them.”When Conigliaro launched his blawg in 2003, there were only a few other pioneering legal blogs around the country getting a lot of attention, such as How Appealing, Howard Bashman’s blawg mostly about federal practice; Bag and Baggage, where Denise Howell focuses on the tech side of practicing law and is credited with coining the term “blawg”; Ernie the Attorney, a New Orleans law firm partner who is “searching for truth and justice in an unjust world” and providing a mix of technical and social chit-chat; and My Shingle, where Carolyn Elefant is “opening doors to small law firm practice.”Just two years later, blawgs are exploding over the Internet, joining an estimated 10 million Weblogs, on-line diary-like Web sites, around the world on just about any topic you can dream up.Blawgs are cropping up more and more in Florida — as forums for exchanging information in specialty fields, a way to communicate with laymen about the law, and, yes, as a way for lawyers to market themselves in a new dimension of self-promotion.Just as The Florida Bar grapples with how best to deal with lawyer Web sites as a form of lawyer advertising (an Internet phenomenon that first surfaced about a dozen years ago and is now embraced by 100 percent of firms in Florida with more than 20 attorneys, according to the 2004 Economics & Law Office Management Survey ) fresh questions arise about whether the Bar should regulate blawgs, the relatively new kid on the cyberspace block, too. Some exist to troll for business, while others exude almost a public-service tone.“The Standing Committee on Advertising has not addressed this issue, because it is a relatively new phenomenon,” said Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert.“My position is that whether the Bar would regulate depends on the content of the blog. If the blog is purely political, the Bar would not. If the blog is purely information and not being used as an opportunity for the lawyer to obtain clients or provide info on the lawyer’s legal services, the Bar would not regulate unless there was something generally false, deceptive, or misleading in the blog.“If, on the other hand, the blog is used as an opportunity for the lawyer to obtain clients or provide info on the lawyer’s legal services, the blog would have to comply with the lawyer advertising rules,” Tarbert said.So it all depends on content.And the content of blawgs runs the gamut from scholarly forums to the downright ditzy, like The Sassy Lawyer’s Journal, tidbits about Philippine law mixed with tofu recipes and pictures of cats.The advertising question, Conigliaro says, is a hot issue among legal bloggers.“My perspective would be that there is a difference between advertising your services to the public and speaking on legal issues, or speaking to people who know you are a lawyer about legal issues about things you like to talk about,” Conigliaro said.“There are some Web sites that are obviously marketing efforts, first and foremost. There are some blogs that are not. Instead, they are tools for discussions about issues.”And while Conigliaro’s Abstract Appeal’s aim is scholarly, he still has fun. He recently posted an answer to his Friday featured trivia question: “What four justices were together known as ‘the young bucks’?” And then he mentions he is posting the answer (Arthur England, Josepth Hatchett, Ben Overton, and Alan Sundberg) on his Treo while stuck in traffic at the airport.To get a grip on the variety of subjects covered in blawgs, here are the top 10 most popular ones, as measured by click-throughs, according to blawg.org: “In Search of Perfect Client Service,” “May It Please the Court,” “The Corporate Counsel.net Blog,” “So Cal Law Blog,” “TalkLeft,” “CrimLaw,” “Intellectual Property Updates,” “Legal Extranet Blog,” “Underneath Their Robes,” and “How Do You Know That?”Todd Mayover, the sole in-house attorney for a medical device manufacturing company in Ft. Lauderdale, is the author of a blawg for in-house property attorneys, called the “IP Counsel Blog” (ipcounsel.blogspot.com).“I thought it would be a great way to write about topics that relate to my profession.. . and in particular, to my areas of legal expertise: intellectual property and contracts,” Mayover said.It’s instant gratification.“The alternative is to write detailed articles that must be submitted to various publications for peer review before being published. Blogging allows you to write about current topics and publish your thoughts or comments without waiting for acceptance from a journal or periodical for publication,” he said.Most of the visitors to his blawg, Mayover said, are other lawyers like himself: in-house counsel, intellectual property lawyers in law firms, and people interested in intellectual property news from Florida, throughout the nation, and in Europe, Asia, and Australia.Mayover added an e-mail subscription service on his blog via a service called Bloglet, as well as Feedblitz, which e-mails Mayover’s posts to 60 subscribers. And he points out that most blogs can be syndicated using various types of feeds, such as RSS or Atom.“Instead of going directly to each and every blog you are interested in reading, you can use syndication or blog reader software that compiles new posts from all the blogs you like to read,” Mayover said.He considers his blawg an efficient way to network with his peers more regularly than waiting for annual professional conferences. And he’s learned a lot about other attorneys’ strategies.“One example is whether to rely on legal opinions in patent infringement litigation in view of recent cases decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,” Mayover said. “Many intellectual property blawgs have commented on this issue.”Inspired by presidential candidate Howard Dean’s success in Internet fund-raising, Jonathan Alper, of Lake Mary, started Florida Asset Protection Blog (florida assetprotection.blogs.com) and Florida Bankruptcy Law Blog (www.bankruptcy orlando.com) in February 2004. Averaging about 225 readers a day, Alper estimates about 20 percent are attorneys.Alper checked out Dean’s blog, and read about new blogging software, particularly TypePad. Through a listserv, he linked up with Kevin O’Keefe, an attorney in Washington state, who was beginning to advise lawyers about Internet marketing and would later create LexBlog, a company dedicated to helping attorneys maintain law blogs. O’Keefe is someone Alper calls “without question the country’s leading authority on legal blogs.”“O’Keefe encouraged me to use a blog to introduce myself to people who might be interested in my area of practice,” Alper said.“Real people read legal blogs, too. In my opinion, blogs are proliferating because there is a great demand for information about the law,” Alper said. “People—attorneys and laymen—need legal knowledge, and competent legal information is hard to find and is expensive. Blogs tend to rank high in Google searches—for technical reasons beyond this article—so blogs are an effective way to deliver free legal information to people searching for answers on the Internet.”Alper has used his blawg to help his clients.“I once stated on my blog that a client interested in asset protection had asked me whether an IRA can own investment real estate. I confessed in the blog that I did not know the answer,” Alper said. “I received many responses from attorneys and CPAs all over the country trying to help me learn the answer. I passed on many of these comments to my client, without charge.”But how trustworthy is information when anyone can create a blog and spew unedited thoughts, in what Conigliaro described as “people’s personal viewpoints expressed with too much passion in a grammatically incorrect way?”How is a reader of blawgs to distinguish the good from the bad? What assurances are there that the information is accurate?“None,” answers Conigliaro bluntly. “There is just no way to have a guarantee. It’s the same in news reporting, too. There are no assurances it’s true, but you believe the information because you respect the institution, in all likelihood. The same holds true for any Web site. If you know your source, and if you respect the institution, then you will trust the information.”One reason both journalists and lawyers have a good deal of success in starting their own blogs, Conigliaro offers, is “because in their careers they already know how to write and communicate and they’re good at it.”For the most part.A post on LexBlog from Duncan Riley at Blog Herald gives pointers on blawg publishing that include: post regularly, post quality, and don’t give in.“There are going to be times when you get the blog blues, where you’d ask yourself why you even bothered,” Riley writes. “We all get them at some stage. Your success will be measured on your ability to get past this and get on with the task at hand. Remember, the longer you post and the more you post results in more traffic from search engines, which means more visitors to your blog.”Susan Soloman posted this tidbit at MarketingProfs: “What’s wrong with most blogs? They’re too chatty.. . You probably didn’t need to hear about my teen, but I thought it was clever. So I bulked up my writing with inconsequential meanderings. That’s bad blog form.”And, as Mayover cautions: “The one downside to blogging is that you must build up your readership over time.”He warns other lawyers: Realize the serious time commitment a good blawg requires.“A good blawg has frequent posts, at least a few times per week, and more usually at least one post per day. Also, a good blawg will have interesting content and strong writing,” Mayover said. “Finding interesting topics may take time. Many people start blawgs only to give up after a few posts, because they can’t find enough topics to cover or they aren’t willing to put in the time necessary to write and edit their posts.”Can there be information overload, a saturation of the senses, trying to cull the wheat from the chaff?“I don’t think I would ever say there is a thing as too much information,” Conigliaro said. “I would say there are good uses of time gathering information and poor uses of time gathering information.”While some lawyers are in the business of helping other lawyers create blawgs for a fee, it can be done on the cheap.Alper spent about $300 setting up his blog and pays $15 a month to operate it. Besides $30 for the Dummies book, Conigliaro’s do-it-yourself approach means he only spends $11.95 a month for his site.Judging by the huge popularity of blawgs, Conigliaro said:“If I had quit my practice two years ago to set up blogs for people, I would be incredibly rich. That would be my business, and it would be quite lucrative. But I truly love the business I am in: Florida appellate law.”And he’s ready and willing to chat with you about it—at the office coffee pot or on his blawg. Lawyers in Blogland
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr 1st Choice Savings & CU facility focuses on service delivery.by: Karen BankstonWhen the employees who work there call 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union’s newest office “our branch,” they mean it. They helped design the 4,500-square-foot facility in west Lethbridge, Alberta, have helped pioneer its service delivery model, and even went door to door to invite neighborhood business people and residents to visit the new branch in the weeks before it opened.Teller pods and “collaboration areas,” where staff and members stand or sit side by side, have replaced the counter and dedicated offices of a traditional branch, and all employers are trained as personal bankers to provide a full range of services, says CUES member Brian Kinahan, president/CEO of $460 million 1st Choice Savings & CU, which serves 16,500 members.When members enter the branch, they are immediately welcomed by a greeter and can proceed to the tech bar equipped with iPads to check their accounts or even begin filling out an account or loan application if they are waiting for a personal banker.The Westgate branch manager and employees, all under age 35, were hired before the design phase began so they could have a say “in how this branch was going to operate and what the experience would be when members walked in,” Kinahan says. Staffing the branch with younger employees and using their input in its design supported the goal of attracting members in the 25-49 age bracket. continue reading »
Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details I still hear it a lot: credit unions that profess a “cradle-to-grave” or “one-stop shop” value proposition. I’m not opposed to credit unions trying to offer as much to their members as possible – as long as they have the scale to profitably offer a superior product.One of the biggest challenges I see can be found among smaller credit unions that don’t have the scale to offer everything. These credit unions are working hard just to tread water, yet offering products, services, and even branches that provide little financial value and aren’t focused on what they need most: consistent loan growth. They continue to commit resources to labor-intensive products, such as Individual Retirement Accounts, that frankly aren’t usually the best value for their members and provide excess liquidity the credit union doesn’t need. Yet, they hold on because they don’t want to upset the 50 to 100 people who are using the product.And before all of the credit card vendors pile up on me, let me just say in advance that I support credit unions offering a credit card program if they can afford it financially, and have the operational and human resources to support a strong and competitive program (the world is full of mediocre credit card offerings). Unfortunately, I’ve seen smaller credit unions race down this rabbit hole because 50 members said they wanted a credit union credit card. The credit union wants to please its membership, and grow loans and revenue, but what frequently occurs is a mediocre program (at best) that fails to generate the loan balances, products per member, or profitability desired. Most of the board members of these credit unions don’t even use the credit union credit card they voted to create because it doesn’t have the high-end rewards they want. If your board members and staff are not using your credit union’s products and services, you have to be honest with yourself and consider why.Considering all of the financial choices consumers have today, it’s difficult for any credit union, regardless of size, to be all things to all people. I would rather see these credit union leaders focus on what they need most, usually loan-growth strategies.Genesis of the problemMy friend and colleague Randy Thompson explains the genesis of this problem better than anyone I know. Give him a minute and Randy will explain that credit unions chased expansion of products and services (like IRAs) that opened up due to deregulation in the 70s and 80s. I believe expansion was a good thing, but for many of us, we signed up for everything as it became available because we wanted to say we had it all. Yet, many of these added products never really became profitable, and, most problematic, they diverted our attention from what made us truly different. Cast stones if you like, but I definitely believe we behave like a herd of sheep sometimes. Times change and facts change.Simon Sinek said, “We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can be something to someone…even a lot of someones.” Instead of a one-stop shop approach, consider a particular stage of life or well-defined market segment, and become GREAT there, providing a clearly different and better option.Good adviceIn a 1934 lecture at the University of California, Berkley, credit union pioneer Edward Filene expounded on the Morals of Business. He put forth that there are two ways to become good (something all credit unions aspire to be). One way is to become interested in goodness, and the other is to become interested in the facts of life. He said there are many good people in business, but fewer good business people.Filene taught that a good person in business will not cheat you any more than they would cheat themselves. Being interested in goodness, however, rather than the facts of business, they are all too likely to cheat themselves, and the business gets bad and cannot serve anyone very well. It takes a good business person to provide great service.When well-intending credit union people ignore the facts and are either off on some idealistic path, or else hell-bent on staying the course on an outdated strategy they still consider practical, the business suffers – which in our world means the membership suffers.One example: good, well-intentioned credit union people who offer an IRA product to a handful of members who are clamoring for it, even though the facts may show that the credit union doesn’t have the scale to provide a broader range of retirement services. In trying to be good, a member gets less than the best deal, and the credit union spends resources, human and financial, to manage an unprofitable offering. I’m picking on IRAs now, but this thinking can apply to a lot of credit union products and services. We need to balance our abundant goodness with a constant review of the facts.Why it mattersProfitable and sustainable growth requires focus – intense focus on what really matters, clarity on why we exist, whom we serve, and how we are different and better than our competitors. Credit unions with thin bottom lines and negative (or breakeven) loan-growth trends need to carefully consider where their time and money will be invested.Give me a minute and I can share a long list of best-practice credit unions that are thriving without IRA accounts, credit card programs, youth accounts, financial planning services, etc. Again, these products aren’t bad. I just see too many that aren’t profitable and divert attention that needs to be focused somewhere else. These successful credit unions offer a smaller bundle of services, but are crystal-clear on who they are, what they do, and how they do it better than everyone else. They spend more time on the right strategies, generating better-than-peer results. These effective leaders aren’t afraid to say “no” to products/services/branches that aren’t closely aligned with their purpose. They aren’t afraid to pull the plug on those things that are underperforming (including people), because they know their survival depends on clarity of purpose. Better-run credit union businesses create greater capacity to do more good.I believe credit unions are clearly different and better when it comes to goodness, but some of us have a way to go in becoming really good business people – leaders capable at creating clarity of purpose and strong skill sets to evaluate the ever-changing facts of life and act accordingly. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield
On May 17, Joseph Gibson of Ballston Lake asked “What are limits on paying for silence?”In New York state, if you are a private-sector employee in a non-union workplace, you are employed at will. That means that an employer is allowed to terminate an employee for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination) and without warning.The law goes beyond your employer being able to terminate you without just cause, in that your employer owns any testimony from you or your colleagues that can be used in your defense in a wrongful-termination grievance. The testimony can’t even be subpoenaed, which means the silence is free.The only protection you have is a legally binding union contact. So to supporters of the plaintiff in the case Janus v. AFSCME, the question to be asked is, “What happens when unions lose power, leaving us all at-will employees without legally protected rights?”Frank ColemanScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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Officials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland unveiled on Thursday their plans for a new building to replace Building 12, where 17 people died and another 17 were injured during the February 14, 2018 shooting.According to Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, the building will be ready in August of this year, just in time for the 2020-21 school year.“Our goal is to make our buildings the safest in the country,” he says.Photo courtesy: Broward County School DistrictRuncie adds that there is still no firm date as to when the 1200 building will be demolished. That decision is up to the state attorney, as a result of the pending trial of suspect Nikolas Cruz.“Anything that we do on this campus certainly will require a substantial about of community input and direction,” Runcie explains.He also outlined security updates to all the district’s campuses, including more security guards, more security cameras that live feed video to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, as well as an intercom system that can be heard all over the campuses.